Based on a true story, Craig Gillespie’s The Finest Hours is currently shooting out in Massachusetts, and with Chris Pine already front and centre, and Casey Affleck coming on board over the summer, a newcomer has emerged in the ever-brilliant and unbelievably-underrated Ben Foster.
Foster has joined the cast of the live-action Walt Disney Pictures film, Variety reports, which co-stars Holliday Grainger in the female lead.
The Finest Hours tells the true tale of how in 1952, a Noreaster hit the New England coast, and two oil tankers were caught in the middle. The ships split in two, casting its crews into the ferocious seas, and it was up to the valiant effort of the coast guard to attempt a rescue.
Pine, Affleck, Foster, and Grainger are joined by an ensemble that includes Graham McTavish (The Hobbit), Kyle Gallner (American Sniper), Josh Stewart (Transcendence), and Beau Knapp (The Signal).
Gillespie is back in Disney’s corner having worked together on this year’s sports biopic, Million Dollar Arm, which stars Jon Hamm in the lead. This time around, he’s directing from a script penned by the Oscar-nominated duo behind The Fighter, Eric Johnson and Paul Tamsay.
Johnson and Tamsay are adapting the original book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, The Finest Hours: The True Story Behind the US Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue.
Foster was last seen alongside Mark Wahlberg in Peter Berg’s Oscar-nominated Lone Survivor, and is reuniting with Affleck here after working together on David Lowery’s acclaimed Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. He’s since turned in a well-received performance opposite Gillian Anderson in the National Theatre’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire, broadcast in UK cinemas tonight, and has recently finished shooting Duncan Jones’ blockbuster, Warcraft, as well as leading Stephen Frears’ Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic.
It’s still early days yet, but the premise certainly has a lot of potential, and The Finest Hours could well emerge as an Oscar contender for Disney, Gillespie, and co. at the end of next year. The studio has plenty of buzz surrounding their upcoming musical, Into the Woods, landing at the end of this year, and this could serve as a nice candidate come awards season alongside Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book at the tail-end of 2015.